Save a job, turn off your computer

If employees in Washoe County turned off their computers before going home for the night, the county would save an estimated $100,000 per year, not to mention a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. That figure was reported last week during an informal meeting of the multi-agency Green Team group. To put it in perspective, the county has also been facing layoffs due to the current budget cuts. A savings of $100,000 could have spared at least two employees their jobs or funding for various programs. Other entities—such as the University of Nevada, Reno, the cities of Reno and Sparks, and the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority—also have large power bills, face budget cuts and leave a number of computers on at night.